SKSM: Could you start with telling me a bit about yourself? Who are you and what do you do?
Shane G. Casey: My name is Shane G Casey and I’m from Dublin, Ireland. I’m an actor, musician, singer, music promoter & voice over artist. I love theatre and my most recent credits include lead roles in Chekhov’s ‘The Proposal’ and ‘The Bear’ and also with Shakespeare in the Park Productions of ‘Taming of the Shrew’ where I played Baptista Minola and ‘Measure for Measure – Ireland 1916’ in which I played the roles of ‘Duke Vintentio’.
SKSM: How did you become involved in The deathroom Dollar Baby film?
Shane G. Casey: The Director Amy Driver had seen me in another IADT short film and asked me to take on the role of Eoghan ‘the Interrogator’
SKSM: What do you think it is in the story that attracts people so much?
Shane G Casey: Well, I suppose the main attraction is that ‘good guy’ (supposedly) escapes having killed all in his path.
SKSM: Did you have to audition for the part or was it written directly for you?
Shane G. Casey: No, Amy Driver felt that I was the right actor to play the role she had written.
SKSM: You worked with Amy Driver on this film, how was that?
Shane G. Casey: Amy was a pleasure to work with, she let the actors have a fairly loose rein and was very open to any suggestions I may have made but was also very cognisant of keeping the story real and truthful.
SKSM: Was there any funny or special moment when they made the movie that you would like to tell me about?
Shane G. Casey: Well, we were filming the scene on a very cold day in November in a ruined old cow shed in a field in the middle of the country and my hands were numb with the cold. But the funniest thing now in hindsight was when the generator which they were using for power broke down and then the replacement one broke down which meant we had to wait for about 2hrs until they got a third one and by this stage our whole bodies were numb with the cold!
SKSM: Do you still have any contact with the crew/cast from that time? If so with who?
Shane G. Casey: Funnily enough I was shooting another short only last week with Sharon Skerritt and we keep in touch too.
SKSM: What are you working nowadays?
Shane G Casey: Well, I’ve just finished two corporate shoots and a TV commercial last week and I do regular voice over’s for radio commercials. I’m working on a documentary with a writer / director colleague where I’ll be the narrator and executive producer. We hope to have this released in early 2018. Apart from that I’m on the prowl for other roles in features, TV etc.
SKSM: Are you a fan of Stephen King’s work?
Shane G. Casey: I suppose I did become a sort of a fan after seeing my first ever Stephen King film ‘The Shining’ with the brilliant Jack Nicholson. Since then I reckon I’ve seen most of his movie adaptations.
SKSM: What is one thing people would be surprised to know about you?
Shane G. Casey: I can do a great imitation of TARZAN swinging through the jungle!
SKSM: Thanks for taking the time to answer my questions. Is there anything else you want to say to the fans that read this interview?
Shane G. Casey: I hope for a long busy acting life!!